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Last Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 13 January 2006 (USA)
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Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman (Queen Latifah) decides to sell off all her possessions and live it up at a posh European hotel.

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Wayne Wang

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Jeffrey Price (screenplay), Peter S. Seaman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Queen Latifah ... Georgia Byrd
LL Cool J ... Sean Matthews
Timothy Hutton ... Matthew Kragen
Giancarlo Esposito ... Senator Dillings
Alicia Witt ... Ms. Burns
Gérard Depardieu ... Chef Didier
Jane Adams ... Rochelle
Michel Estime ... Marlon (as Mike Estime)
Susan Kellermann ... Gunther
Jascha Washington ... Darius
Matt Ross ... Adamian
Ranjit Chowdhry Ranjit Chowdhry ... Dr. Gupta
Michael Nouri ... Congressman Stewart
Jaqueline Fleming ... Tanya
Kendall Mosby ... Anton
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Storyline

In morte veritas. Georgia Byrd clerks at a New Orleans department store. She defers pleasure: cooks gourmet meals, eats Lean Cuisine; likes a co-worker in silence; has savings, but hasn't left Louisiana. All that changes when a CT Scan discloses she has three weeks to live. She cashes her savings and heads to Europe's Grandhotel Pupp, where Chef Didier presides. She checks into the Presidential Suite, orders everything on the menu, snowboards, and comes to the attention of the chef and the hotel's powerful American guests: a Congressman, a Senator, a retail magnate, and his mistress. She has nothing to lose, so she tells them what she thinks. Will the truth set them free? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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She Always Thought She Was Somebody... And She Was See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Paramount [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las últimas vacaciones See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,508,779, 15 January 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,360,195, 5 March 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The writers of this film are big fans of Ealing Studios comedies, and jumped at the chance to remake the original Alec Guinness film, Last Holiday (1950). Originally they intended for John Candy to play George Bird, but the project was shelved after Candy's death. It was resurrected years later when Queen Latifah's agent read the script, and contacted the writers about rewriting the story for a woman in the lead. See more »

Goofs

When the Grandhotel Pupp hotel staff are conversing in the kitchen about Georgia, the hotel's receptionist is seen placing a spoon inside of her mouth for several seconds. This spoon changes location based on the various camera angles. See more »

Quotes

[Marie is crying quietly while looking up at the ceiling]
Maitre D': Marie, what are you doing?
Marie: Has that ceiling ever made you want to cry?
Maitre D': What? Ceiling? Get back to work.
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The end credits show us how everybody in the movie's futures turned out. See more »

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Tracks of My Tears
Written by Smokey Robinson (as William "Smokey" Robinson Jr.), Warren Moore & Marvin Tarplin
Performed by Smokey Robinson
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Enjoyable Feel Good Movie
8 March 2006 | by Andrew ReedSee all my reviews

Currently, we have our fair share of pointless actions films (absent of any plot and decent script) or films that are trying to take themselves too seriously or films that are too dark and downbeat or films which try to be funny but are not so it was a pleasure to go with my family recently to see Last Holiday.

Queen Latifah comfortably heads a cast who delivered solid, believable performances across the board (and some new faces to me). OK, the story was a bit contrived and some sequences were a bit far fetched (the snow board ride for instance) but it was a great deal of fun.

The story, which looked at people's aspirations and dreams and the need to take every day as it comes, to enjoy life to the full (as we don't know what is round the corner) was played out with great passion and skill. Latifah's comedy acting (loved the raised eyebrow and sideways glances) was relaxed and easily won over the sympathy of the audience. Great, also, to see Gerard Depardieu again as I haven't seen him for a while.

Refreshingly set in snowy Prague, good Direction and lovely Cinematography. I recommend that you see it.


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